Washington County Gives is Here!

On May 2nd, we will participate in Washington County Gives for the first time!

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Washington County Gives is a 24-hour online donation event benefiting non-profits in Washington County.

And you can help us reach the top of the leaderboard! Prizes are awarded to various agencies all day as they reach various milestones. Just like your donation, the prizes will go towards all the programs and services we provide for free to our community.

But we are currently looking at some major upgrades to our facilities along with some big changes coming in the future to helping more people. Right now we are in the beginning stages of preparing to update and modernize our food services ministry including expanding our dining area and creating a new kitchen to serve the thousands of guests we host each year. But beyond that we are also planning on expanding our ministry to house women and children who are in need. We understand the desperate need in our community to help these women so we are working on a plan to bring this new ministry to life.

Your giving during Washington County Gives and your continued support of The Hope Center year-round helps to make sure that our current programs and services continue operating for free for our guests and also helps to lay the groundwork for new services and ministries where we see the incredible need.

God has given us a great responsibility to help those in need in our community and He’s also provided us with such a great support system in our area that has always provided for our needs as we provide for others.

So please join us tomorrow in Washington County Gives. Help us raise money to fund our current programs and also help us as we look to the future to help change lives and bring HOPE to Hagerstown.

To give to the Hope Center during Washington County Gives, just simply click on this link: https://washingtoncountygives.org/npo/the-hope-center-at-hagerstown-rescue-mission

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Camp Wild 2015: Gallery of Smiles

Camp Wild 2015 was an incredible summer for both our campers and staff! We had over 230 kids experience all the action & adventure of our free summer day camp. There are plenty of activities for our campers to get involved in each day. From learning about Jesus, to building relationships, to creating art, hiking, swimming, exploring and playing, campers at Camp Wild are never lacking for anything exciting to do each day.

Since Camp Wild is free for any kid ages 5-12, we rely on the generous support of all of our donors in the area. We want to say thank you to all the individuals, churches, civic clubs, businesses and other organizations who helped to underwrite the cost of Camp Wild 2015. We appreciate your support and your commitment to reaching these precious kids for Christ and giving them a summer experience they will always remember.

For more information about Camp Wild go to http://www.campwildusa.com. To learn more about our youth ministry, Wildside Youth, go to http://www.wildsideyouth.com.

Our Pantry Needs You!

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Matthew 25:35

Since our beginning in 1955, one of our missions was to make sure that the hungry in Hagerstown had a welcomed place to eat. As our society has changed and economic troubles have hurt families, our mission to feed the less fortunate has changed from not just serving a hot plate of food but also making sure that families had food in their own cupboards to help them get through the month.

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Our pantry is looking a little too similar to Old Mother Hubbard’s these days. To be honest, it’s becoming a little difficult to keep our food bags filled with a nice variety of food.

Please consider helping us keep our pantry full for all of our daily guests, our residents and all our neighbors who need food bags for their homes.

The next time you’re at the grocery store, why not pick up a few of these items and drop them off? Or your church, Sunday School class, workplace, school, civic club, Boy/Girl scout troop or neighborhood could host a food drive to collect some of these much needed items.

Please help us fight hunger and hopelessness in Hagerstown!

PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED:
  • Macaroni & cheese boxed dinners
  • Hamburger Helper or similar boxed dinners
  • Spaghettios, Ravioli, or similar heat & serve pasta
  • Creamy peanut butter (15-16 oz. jars please)
  • Cans of soup (all varieties and sizes – except no cream soup please)
  • Ramen Noodles
  • Tuna (5 oz. cans please)
  • Any canned meat (Spam, chicken, potted meat, etc.)
  • Rice A Roni (all varieties)
  • Pork ‘n Beans
  • Spaghetti (1 lb. pkg)
  • Spaghetti sauce (cans or jars 24-26 oz.)

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Thank you for helping us feed our city! We appreciate your commitment to following God’s call to help take care of the poor and less fortunate in our community. For more information about our food program or to talk to someone about food drives or other ways you can help, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

“Give a Ride Home”: Bikers Ride for the Homeless

Calling all bikers! Grab your bike, your friends, and get ready to ride for a great cause!

Inviting all area bikers to join us for an 80 mile ride for the homeless.

The ride departs at 10am on Saturday, May 31st at M&S Harley in Chambersburg. Registration is from 8:45 – 10am at M&S Harley.]

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Join fellow bikers as we ride through Boonsboro to Harpers Ferry and return through Sharpsburg. We will be breaking for lunch at area restaurants.

This is a fun opportunity to take your love of cruising on your bike and doing something good for the community while fellowshipping with others on the ride.

The cost is $20/rider and $10/passenger. When you register at M&S Harley in Chambersburg, please select The Hope Center/Hagerstown Rescue Mission as the beneficiary of your ride.

Money donated helps provide housing for homeless men including warm showers and new toiletries for each guest, as well as a hot meal for the homeless and other guests in our community who are hungry among the many other ministries and programs at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission.  For more info on ministries and program at The Hope Center, please go to http://www.hagerstownrescue.org.

Please spread the word and invite your friends & family to join the ride for the homeless and donate to The Hope Center/Hagerstown Rescue Mission.

We are so thankful to be a part of this ministry opportunity. We appreciate King Street Church in Chambersburg for recognizing the value of the work done at The Hope Center at Hagerstown Rescue Mission and for supporting us in this fundraiser.

If you’re looking for a church to attend, check out King Street Church at 162 East King Street in Chambersburg. You can learn more and discover ways to get plugged in at http://www.kingstreetchurch.com.

 

Urgent Need!

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that people are shopping our thrift stores and finding some very good buys in our furniture department!

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The bad news is we are in urgent need of gently used furniture donations.  Beds, mattresses & box springs, couches, chairs, dining sets, tables, bookcases, etc.  We will gladly accept all donations of furniture in good condition.

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As you start to dream about spring or prepare to clean out your house, consider donating your used furniture and household items to The Hope Center. When you donate, these items are placed in our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg for neighbors on a tight budget. Your used furniture could be just the thing that another family needs to get back on their feet.

Donations are accepted at our Hagerstown Thrift Store during regular store hours Mon-Sat 9AM-5PM. The Hagerstown Thrift Store is located on the corner of Church and Walnut Streets in Hagerstown. The drop-off location for furniture is located at the backside of the store close to the Trinity Center in the central parking lot.

If you are unable to bring your furniture to our Hagerstown Thrift Store, we will gladly come to get it for you! To make arrangements for our donation truck to stop by your house, call 301-739-1165. For any other inquiries, please call us or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

Thank you for donating your furniture and household items to The Hope Center. All proceeds generated from Thrift Store sales help to underwrite the programs and services provided at The Hope Center.

Hope and Government

I’m sure by now you, like everyone else, are tired of the back-and-forth going on between the two political parties in DC. All that we hear is how our elected officials can’t seem to compromise and work out their differences and have forced our federal government to shut down causing some federal employees to lose paychecks and forcing other government operations to cease their daily activities.

Many Americans may not feel the effects of this shut down other than being inundated with the constant news coverage of this fight in our capital.

But for the Americans who work for the government or rely on the various programs sponsored by our government, this is a very stressful and troubling time.

As services and programs are getting cut, we are happy to inform you that none of the programs, services or ministries at The Hope Center will be affected in any way.

Even if our government fails to reopen in a month, our doors will remain open, beds ready and meals served for the hundreds of people each month who come to The Hope Center to meet their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

You ask, how can you remain open during a time when services are being cut?

It’s easy. We can remain open, operational and fully functional during these troubling times because we do not receive any funding from the government. We never have and we never will.

We are totally independent from the government. We don’t use any tax money to fund our ministry. And we’ve been doing it that way since 1955.

Our ministry is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And we do it because God has provided for our needs every single day that we’ve been open.

Thanks to God Who has given us many friends like you, we’ve been able to navigate through other government shut downs, recessions, tragedies and trials. Our supporters help us focus on what’s important: helping others.

During economic good times and bad times, homelessness, hopelessness and hunger exist. We’ve taken to heart God’s command to give to the least, the last, and the lost to heart and we’ve made it a goal to do that no matter what.

So as our country faces new sets of challenges, we can say with confidence that we will be here to help neighbors in need. We don’t rely on any government to meet our needs. We trust in God to provide – and He always has!

If you would like to be a part of the solution and would like to help us provide hope and restoration to so many broken, hurting and helpless neighbors, then get involved today. Below are the many different ways you can partner with us:

  • Financially support The Hope Center each month. We appreciate the generous donations from individuals, churches, businesses, organizations and other groups who faithfully provide the essential funds to continue providing hope.
  • Donate gently used items of furniture, clothing, shoes, toys, books, household and other various items to be sold in our Thrift Stores. The sales generated from our Thrift Stores in Hagerstown & Chambersburg help to keep our programs operational. Items sold in the Thrift Stores also give families and individuals on tight budgets the opportunity to buy “new” things needed for everyday living without doing damage to their budget.
  • Donate food items for our pantry. We use a lot of food at The Hope Center. We provide several free meals a day to our residents and daily guests. In addition to meals served, we operate a food bank where hungry neighbors can receive food for their homes at no cost. Therefore, keeping our pantry stocked is very important. Helping us by purchasing items like peanut butter, coffee, sugar, cereals, canned fruits and vegetables and other items is a huge blessing.
  • Volunteer your free time to one of our ministries. There are many ways to get involved. From helping to clean, paint, build, sort, teach, serve or entertain, there are so many interesting options available to you to help make a difference one-on-one in our community.
  • Shop in our Thrift Stores. Sometimes you just need some items at a low price. We can help. If you find yourself heading to second-hand shops, come to ours! When you purchase from our stores, you’re helping to feed the hungry or provide a hot shower to the homeless. And when you’re finished with your items, re-donate them so someone else can use them! We have two Thrift Store locations in Hagerstown and Chambersburg.
  • Pray. Pray. Pray. No matter what else you can do to help, please pray. This is the most important. God hears the cries of His people. He helps His people. But if we fail to pray, then we are failing to believe. We can’t do this alone. We need God’s help and guidance. Join us in praying for our ministry, our staff and volunteers and especially all the precious lives who will seek help at The Hope Center.

We can’t rely on the government or really any other human entity. Only God can faithfully provide. He always has and He always will.

Thank you for working with us to keep our programs running. In times of uncertainty it’s important that our community knows that we are here to help and we aren’t stopping for any reason.

For more information on how you can get involved in any way, please call 301.739.1165 or email us at hagerstownrescue@verizon.net.

What’s The Hope Center to You?

God has given us many caring friends like you who make it possible for The Hope Center to continue to touch the lives of hurting people 24 hours a day, 365 days every year! Together we share the joy of laboring for the Lord!

DSC_0505If I were to ask you, “What’s The Hope Center to you?” I believe you might say, “The Hope Center is an opportunity for me to show compassion and concern for those who have lost their way and are seeking physical and spiritual help.” As with most organizations and ministries, everybody has a different opinion. I believe The Hope Center is viewed quite differently by our friends and supporters than it is by those who know very little, or nothing at all, regarding the function and performance of the overall operation.

  • To God … The Hope Center is a place of refuge where His grace and mercy is extended to every person.
  • To our staff and volunteers … The Hope Center is their place of service to those who are lost.
  • To the men in our Foundations program … The Hope Center is a transformed life and hope for the future.
  • To the men in our emergency shelter … The Hope Center is a hot meal and a clean bed.
  • To our daily Soupline guests … The Hope Center is assurance of a hot meal every day.
  • To the children attending Wildside Youth events … The Hope Center is fun activities in a safe, nurturing environment surrounded by people who truly care about them.
  • To women and families seeking assistance … The Hope Center is the channel for spiritual, physical and material needs.
  • To mothers and fathers of children living a destructive lifestyle … The Hope Center is often their only hope for recovery for their children.

Often times people refer to The Hope Center as a “Soup Kitchen” or “Homeless Shelter.”  We do feed the hungry, and we provide shelter to the homeless.  But if that is all we do, it would just be a “Band-Aid” applied to a much more serious problem. It’s all about changed lives. It’s all about the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to transform lives and bring lasting change!

No matter how you view The Hope Center, the truth is that this ministry exists to help the hurting, the hungry and the lonely. Our ministries provide hope to any person in need of physical, emotional or spiritual help. We know that God has called us to reach the least, the last and the lost by providing a positive and powerful alternative to the emptiness and destructiveness of this dying world.

With your help, and the help of all of our wonderful supporters, we can continue to meet the needs of hundreds of people in Hagerstown this summer and we can begin to prepare for the winter season that will be here before we know it.

Please continue to support the ministries of hope & rescue at The Hope Center. We rely on your donations of useable items such as clothing, shoes, furniture, and household goods for our Thrift Stores and family assistance programs. And your continued financial support helps to keep our doors open every day of the year!

The impact of your compassion and investment is felt and seen by our staff, Board of Directors and by those we serve every single day! Thank you for the difference you have made, and continue to make.

For information about how you can donate financially or by giving gently used items or food products, please call 301.739.1165 or email hagerstownrescue@verizon.net. You can give online through a secure PayPal account on our website, www.hagerstownrescue.org.